Last but not least, the USB printer cable slot and Ethernet connections are on the left side of the device. On the back are the power and fax connections. The WorkForce 845 can also be set up over a wireless network. Users can print wirelessly using Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print technology.
WorkForce 845 Performance
Setting up the WorkForce 845
To set the device up for first use, users must unpack all materials, remove all of the packaging, connect the power and printer cable, turn the device on and insert the included CD-ROM with the drivers and software. Users must then load the paper into the first paper tray and install the four ink cartridges that shipped with the WorkForce 845, including Epson 126 black, magenta, cyan and yellow.
Follow the on-screen directions or set the device up via the touch panel. We chose to follow the wizard; the first screen you’ll see is a checklist outlining the available software, you can choose to install all of the items or to install them individually.
The next choice is to choose the connection type (wireless network, direct USB or wired network). We used a USB printer cable to find our network as it found the connection automatically. The entire process took approximately 40 minutes – much longer than usual. More often than not this process takes no longer than 15 minutes. It took longer than normal because the software had to search for a firmware update online.
Ease of Use
The Epson WorkForce 845 employs a few new features when compared to the previous generation, the WorkForce 840. These include the implementation of printing wirelessly via Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print, Epson Connect Email Print, and iPrint. In terms of software, Epson didn’t change much. The software includes Epson Scan, ABBYY FineReader and Screenshot Reader, a fax utility, manuals, a download manager and event navigator. The download manager simply checks for new software updates and the event manager allows users to change job settings and manage jobs.
Epson Scan is a handy utility where users can choose the image type, scan-to destination, and adjust the way the image looks. There are three different modes available, including home, office, and professional. The different modes adhere to features commonly employed by their names. For example, the professional mode is more technical and includes an array of image adjustment options, such as color restoration, tone correction, and levels for each. The home mode is a more simple interface, with almost the same options — the difference being that you simply click a box for each option instead of setting the level. Users can also configure the overall scanner settings from the utility.
The next handy tool is the Fax Utility. It allows users to change the fax settings, solve problems with the fax machine, add entries to the phone book, view fax history (including the send/receive dates and times), and to choose the “send cover sheet only” option. The utility is extremely self-explanatory and user-friendly. You may import and export contacts into the phone book via the address book on your computer as well as add new contacts.
The last main part of the included software is the ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint and the ABBYY Screenshot Reader. The Sprint allows you to scan to or convert media to PDF, Word, or Excel from your computer or from a folder. The only complaint we have about the program is that it crashed every time after we attempted to cancel the scan conversion process. The Screenshot Reader is a very simple tool that allows you to choose the screen capture area and time of capture, as well as language for it to be captured in. You can then send the capture to Microsoft Word, Excel, email, file, or clipboard.
For some reason, Epson has completely done away with its image tweaking software, the Epson Easy Photo Print. It was included with the previous generation inkjet; and frankly taking it away serves no purpose and was a bad move. Users can no longer tweak images straight from their computer before printing.